Ways to Add Some Curb Appeal to Your House

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Ways to Add Some Curb Appeal to Your House

First impressions are crucial, and that counts for your home, too! That’s why we have come up with a few ideas for adding your own personal style and upping your home’s curb appeal.

front door

Dress Up the Front Door

Your home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a burst of color with paint or installing a custom wood door. Clean off any dirty spots around the knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures. Your entry should reflect the home’s interior, so choose a wreath or decoration that reflects your personal style.

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Replace Old Hardware

House numbers, the entry door lockset, a wall-mounted mailbox, and an overhead light fixture are all elements that can add style and interest to your home’s exterior curb appeal. If they’re out of date or dingy, your home may not be conveying the aesthetic you think it is. These elements add the most appeal when they function collectively, rather than as mix-and-match pieces.

Outdoor lights

Add Outdoor Lighting

Low-voltage landscape lighting makes a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal while also providing safety and security. Fixtures can add accent lighting to trees or the house or can illuminate a walking path. If you aren’t able to use lights that require wiring, install solar fixtures (but understand that their light levels are not as bright or as reliable).

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Install Window Boxes

Window boxes offer a fast, easy way to bring color and charm to your home’s curb appeal. Choose boxes made from copper or iron for a traditional look, or painted wood for a cottage feel. Mix and match flowers and plants to suit your lighting conditions and color scheme.

water feature

Add Outdoor Art

Give your yard a little spunk and curb appeal by adding outdoor artwork. Choose pieces that complement your home’s color scheme and exterior elements. Birdbaths, water fountains, metal cutouts, sculptures and wind chimes are good choices for outdoor art.

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Replace Gutters and Downspouts

If your home has an older gutter system, odds are it’s also suffering from peeling paint, rust spots, or other problems that can convey a sense of neglect. Replace old systems with newer, snap-fit vinyl gutter systems that go together with few tools and require no painting.

driveway

Dress Up the Driveway

If your driveway is cracked or stained or has vegetation sprouting from it, you can upgrade it for curb appeal without doing a complete redo. First repair the cracks and stains (and kill the weeds), then dress it up by staining the concrete or affixing flagstones. If you need more room to move your car or park, add stone, brick, or pavers to the sides of the drive to widen it.

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Build a Walkway

Well-designed walkways make your home feel warm and inviting. For a dramatic improvement to a straight concrete path, replace it with a contoured one made of stone or brick. For a less radical upgrade to your curb appeal, apply a colored concrete resurfacer to the old walkway, then edge with brick or stone borders. Brick pavers offer traditional, classic beauty to the landscape of any home.

 

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